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Hebrews12 speaks of running the race marked out before us with perseverance, fixing our eyes on Jesus.

Somewhere in my past I heard a definition for perseverance that I just loved: Inner strength to withstand stress in order to accomplish God’s best.

I’ve reminded myself of this each time I flip through my little notebook of scripture verses. 

Going through a betrayal, or anything difficult- any storm that tests us, is going to require some perseverance. 

What we often forget is we don’t need to persevere all on our own. 

I used to have the mentality I needed to “go it alone”. I had to tough it out, all by myself.

Going through grief/loss of a loved one? “It will be ok, life goes on.”

Pain or sorrow after miscarriages? “Just pick yourself up by your bootstraps- quit crying.”

Husband left? “Don’t worry, you’ll get through this.”

What we often forget is God is right here with us- strengthening us to persevere.

Praying God would fill us with the truth of His Word, so no matter what storm comes, we will be aware of His presence- knowing we are NOT alone and will NOT be shaken, standing firm in faith with the perseverance He’s equipped us with. 

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 NIV

4 comments on “Perseverance on Your Journey to Joy

  1. Starla JensenI love this! It’s beautifully written and so relevant for this time of year and for anyone suffering with grief of any kind. Going to share it with my good friend last post to other teenagers a couple months ago in an accident says:

    Such a good reminder! Love you!


  2. rlcljc says:

    Great encouragement!


  3. rlcljc says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words!


  4. rlcljc says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words!


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